This Week In Gloucestershire: Around the Grounds

Continuing from a busy weekend as ever for teams in Gloucestershire, we look ahead to yet another packed schedule this week.

Rovers and Sutton met in the league back in August


Following their 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley in the Sky Bet League Two, Cheltenham Town will be looking to turn draws into wins as they host Crawley Town at Whaddon Road. Saturday’s fixture will be vital for Gary Johnson’s side who could fall into the relegation zone with a quarter of the season having passed. He will be without new signing Alex Cooper who was forced off four minutes into his debut, whilst Harry Pell and Daniel O’Shaughnessy are both suspended.

Dipping into non-league and the National League leaders Forest Green Rovers sit at the top of the table with a 3-0 away victory over North Ferriby United. Mark Cooper’s Rovers now take a break from the league campaign and turn their attentions to the FA Cup, entering in the Fourth Qualifying Round. They face fellow National League side Sutton United at Gander Green Lane. The two sides have already met this season with a 1-1 draw at the New Lawn back in August.

Tim Harris’ 250th game wasn’t a happy one…

National League North side Gloucester City’s good start has stalled slightly having now failed to win in their last three matches. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to FC Halifax Town will have disappointed Tim Harris on his 250th game in charge of the Tigers. They now move on to face Alfreton Town away, having drawn 1-1 twice last season.

Further down in the pyramid Southern Premier side Cirencester go into Tuesday’s home fixture against Stratford Town unbeaten in their last three matches following a sticky patch. They’ve now got a chance to leap two places with a win and distance themselves from the bottom three.

Finally Cirencester’s Southern Premier rivals Cinderford Town will be looking to shake off a 4-0 defeat to King’s Langley, as they travel to Frome Town on Wednesday night. Currently the bottom side of the division they have just two wins from their opening thirteen games and haven’t mustered three points since August 29th. Also without a win away from home it’ll be a tough ask against a Frome side coming in on the back of a draw against St.Ives.

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